Viewership has increased in each of the last three years, with a Christmas-record 34.8 million people tuning in to watch last year's five games. This year's games will be broadcast in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages.
The league has no plans to expand the five-game lineup it adopted in 2008, said Danny Meiseles, the NBA's executive vice president of broadcasting.
"We just feel that we have something really special," Meiseles said, "and our fans have shown that they are passionate about watching these great matchups and these great players play these games."
The players could take the games ... or leave them.
"I make the most of it," Lakers point guard Steve Nash said. "Of course it throws a wrench in everything, but it's still a great opportunity to play the game we love."
Christmas Day in the NBA
Boston at Brooklyn, 10 a.m.
New York at L.A. Lakers, 1 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Miami, 3:30 p.m.
Houston at Chicago, 6 p.m.
Denver at L.A. Clippers, 8:30 p.m.
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